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Hungary: HUF 1,300 billion for railway infrastructure development projects

In 2014-2020, Hungary plans to allocate a net amount of HUF 1,605 billion from the Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (ITOP) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to transport development projects, complemented from other EU sources, Minister of State for Transport Policy of the Ministry of National Development László Tasó stated.

According to preliminary plans, the major railway projects focus on 800 km, with a total costs of almost HUF 1,300 billion, László Tasó revealed. The Minister of State underlined that the modernisation would affect the sections from Rákos, via Hatvan and Miskolc to Nyíregyháza; from Kelenföld via Százhalombatta, Pusztaszabolcs and Dombóvár to Gyékényes as well as those between Biatorbágy and Tata, and Debrecen and Püspökladány. The reconstruction of the South-Balaton line is to continue along the section past Szántód-Kőröshegy; the GSM-R railway communication system is to be installed along new sections and more up-to-date commuting multiple units are to be purchased, some of which are to accommodate up to 300 people. The railway stations of Szolnok and Szombathely are to be refurbished and a high-standard rolling stock connection is to be built between Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport and Nyugati Railway Station.

The total investment value of major urban/suburban projects is to come close to HUF 330 billion, the Minister of State emphasised. He mentioned suburban railway developments also serving local transport and the development of intermodal passenger transport hubs as examples. In addition to implementing the railway developments in Vác and Veresegyház, the Budapest suburban railway line HÉV, the agglomeration railway lines of Debrecen and Szeged are to be modernised and developed, intermodal railway/bus connections are to be established in several towns with county rights, P+R parking lots are to be established and, in Budapest, both Keleti and Nyugati railway stations are to be refurbished, László Tasó revealed. The Ministry of National Development is to prepare a large-scale amendment package, initiating, among others, shortening the deadlines of authority/licensing procedures. There is strong commitment to start investments within up to 18-24 months following the decision approving them, László Tasó said.

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